Samsung Finally Unveils The Updated Galaxy Note 10.1

Surprise surprise! Samsung has gone ahead and officially re-announced the new Galaxy Note 10.1. The updated Galaxy Note 10.1 was widely expected to be announced at the upcoming August 15th event from Samsung, but it looks like the Korean company let the ‘Note’ early from the bag.

The updated Note 10.1 packs in a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos SoC along with an ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 10.1-inch screen with a disappointingly low 1280*800 resolution, and a beefy 7000mAh battery, all inside a thin 8.9mm body. Like the Galaxy Note, the Note 10.1 also comes with an S-Pen that can come useful for taking quick notes. The Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI joining the party with some bloat and features like Live Panel, AllShare etc.

The press release from Samsung states that the company expects to sell the Wi-Fi only and 3G variants of the Note 10.1 effective immediately in the United States, United Kingdom, Korea and Germany. The LTE variant of the tablet is expected to land later this year. The company has not announced the pricing of the tablet, but will presumably do so at its event on August 15th.

The resolution of the 10.1-inch screen of the Note is a real disappointment. With the Transformer Infinity and other tablets packing in 1920*1080 resolution or higher, the resolution of Note 10.1 looks downright awful. Hopefully, Samsung will price the tablet competitively to make up for the poor screen resolution.

Samsung Sends Out Press Invites For Note 2 Unveiling On August 29th

Last month, Samsung sent out invites for the unveiling of the next Galaxy at a special event to be held on August 15th. Rumors indicated that Samsung will finally unveil the long-awaited, rumoured, delayed and upgraded Galaxy Note 10.1. Samsung had originally announced the Note 10.1 at the beginning of this year at MWC, but the tablet had ‘FAIL’ written all over with it a older-generation Tegra 2 processor and a less than stellar display.

Today, Samsung has sent out press invites for another event on August 29th at Berlin, Germany. This pre-IFA event will be live streamed, and the teaser photo accompanied in the email confirms that Samsung will be unveiling the successor to the Galaxy Note, thanks to the S-Pen.

Rumors indicate that the Note 2 will sport a slightly bigger, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display with 720p resolution, and depending on the region of the world, will come with a 1.5GHz Exynos processor or the Snapdragon S4 SoC. It will be interesting to see what all software enhancements Samsung will include in the Note 2 that take advantage of the bundled S-Pen, and will the phablet include any surprising new feature or not.

Via – SamMobile

T-Mobile Finally Announces The Samsung Galaxy Note

Last year, Samsung launched its first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device was originally announced at the IFA 2011 in September and it was later released in October in most of the European and Asian markets. After waiting for a couple of months, Samsung announced the LTE variant of this device exclusively for the AT&T subscribers in the US. We have already seen the leaked pics of this device for T-Mobile. Now, the wireless carrier went ahead and announced the powerful Galaxy Note for its subscribers in the US.

Samsung has already managed to ship 5 million units of this device globally. It took nearly 5 months for the manufacturer to reach the 5 million milestone. This handset will ship with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box, including all of the Premium Suite software such as S Pen, S Note, S Memo and Polaris Office. The international variant comes with one hardware button and 2 capacivite buttons. However, the T-Mobile’s variant will sport 4 capacivite buttons, similar to the AT&T’s Galaxy Note. There are no other changes in the specs of this device.

Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA, said:
“In addition to larger screens, today customers demand more from their devices — from having safeguarded access to corporate email and other productivity features to being able to rely on a speedy network for streaming content. With the unique and highly innovative Galaxy Note in our lineup, we are even better equipped to help our customers strike the perfect balance as they juggle both professional and personal activities.”

Samsung Galaxy Note features a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, S Pen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, SAFE – Samsung Approved for Enterprise, GPS with A-GPS, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Games Hub, Google Play Store and a 2500 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, which is nothing but an aggregation of key applications such as Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner and LinkedIn. This handset is expected to go on sale in the coming weeks. T-Mobile has not yet revealed the price of this device. Stay tuned for more updates!

Galaxy Note Android 4.0.4 Update Brings PopUp Play And Ability To Unlock The Device Using A Custom Signature

Apart from rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for a bunch of its handsets and tablet, Samsung also started rolling out the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note. While the Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy S2 does not bring any major changes or features, the Korean company has included some new features for the Android 4.0.4 update of the Galaxy Note.

The Android 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Note brings with it Samsung Galaxy S3’s PopUp Play feature. This feature will allow Note users to play a video on their phone in a floating window, while they message their friend or browse the internet. Perfect for the big screen of the Galaxy Note!

Apart from this, the update also brings the ability to unlock the phone using a custom signature, which makes use of the S-Pen that Samsung has bundled with the phablet. Definitely a unique way to unlock your Note! The update is available in certain regions of the world via Samsung’s KIES software.

While all these new features will definitely please a lot of Galaxy Note users, I’m not sure what Galaxy S2 owners will feel about it. The Galaxy S2 was and still is one of Samsung’s hottest selling handset, and the company never really added any new or noteworthy feature when it updated the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich. On the other hand, Galaxy Note owners first got access to a premium suite of apps with ICS and now PopUp Play along the ability to unlock their device using a custom signature with the Android 4.0.4 update.

A guide to manually install the update on your Galaxy Note can be found here.

AT&T Galaxy Note Tastes Ice Cream Sandwich With Premium Suite Of Apps

Here is some Ice Cream Sandwich filled news for AT&T Galaxy Note owners. Samsung and AT&T have finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the ‘phablet’. The Android 4.0.4 update for the Note barely brings any major UI changes that Google introduced in stock Android. There are a few minor UI changes though, including new Wi-Fi/Bluetooth toggle buttons, and a revamped Settings menu etc.

Apart from the visual changes, the Android 4.0 update brings with it quite a lot of new features including Face Unlock, a new lock screen with quick access to the camera, the ability to access the notification bar right from the lock screen, People’s app, enhanced copy and paste functionality and more. The ICS update for the Note will also enable the hidden NFC functionality in the phone, thus allowing access to features like Android Beam.

The update also brings with it Premium suite of apps specially optimized for the Galaxy Note and its S-Pen, including enhanced S-Note and S-Memo apps. The update is being rolled out via KIES at the moment, so if you own a Galaxy Note, you need to download and use Samsung’s KIES software to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your

A guide on how to manually install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on the AT&T Galaxy Note can be found here.

Samsung Galaxy S and S II Surpass 50 Million Sales; Galaxy Note at 7 Million!

Samsung has been THE Android device maker to beat. The company’s Galaxy series of handsets have been selling like hot cakes all over the world, and helped the company in surpassing Nokia as the biggest smartphone maker in Q1 of 2012.

Today, Samsung has confirmed that three of its most popular Android handsets, the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note have managed to break another sales figure. The Korean company has managed to sell more than 50 million units of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II combined, since it launched the former in June 2010. The Galaxy S has sold more than 24 million units since it was first launched, while the Galaxy S II has been brought by more than 28 million people in just 13 months.

Apart from this, Sammy also announced that its hybrid smartphone-tablet mix, the Galaxy Note, has managed to surpass the 7 million sales figure within 7 months of its launch. The sales figure of the Galaxy Note definitely prove that there is a “niche” market for phones with huge screens, that are barely pocketable.

With the Galaxy S III hitting the retail stores in certain regions of the world, it will be interesting to see whether the handset manages to make a dent in the sales of other handsets from Samsung itself.

Via – SammyHub

Samsung Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available In India

Earlier this month, Samsung had started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in certain regions of the world. Beginning from today, Samsung has started the phased roll-out of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note in India.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note brings with it lots of new goodies like Face Unlock, Bluetooth tethering, along with some UI enhancements. The update will also install some premium suite of apps optimized to take advantage of the S-Pen stylus of the handset. Galaxy Note owners in India can download and install the update on their handset-tablet hybrid by using Samsung’s KIES software.

It is quite surprising to see that Samsung India has already released the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note, while the update for the Galaxy S2 is still not available. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the S2 was rolled out way back in March. In fact, the retail boxes of Galaxy S2 in India now ship with Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box as well. The official Samsung India twitter account tweeted that S II owners should “stay tuned for updates.”

First CM9 Nightly Build For Galaxy Note Now Available For Download

Earlier this week, Samsung started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the European variant of the Galaxy Note. However, the official firmware has some serious bugs, performance issues and does not offer any of the visual goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich.

The good news is that starting from today, the Galaxy Note (N7000) is all set to receive official CM9 nightly builds. Even though this is the first official nightly build, it is completely functional without any major bugs. The only bug is that the Speakerphone does not work while on a call. According to the developers this bug will only be fixed once the Ice Cream Sandwich sources are released by Samsung, which should hopefully happen within a couple of weeks from now.

The first nightly build for the handset is already out, and can be downloaded from here. Make sure you are rooted, and are not running the leaked chinese Ice Cream Sandwich firmware on your Galaxy Note before proceeding with the installation.

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Available

After a delay of a couple of months, Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note (N7000). Like the ICS update for the Galaxy S2, the Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy Note does not bring much visual changes, but does bring a lot of usability improvements, new features and some premium suite of apps so as to compensate for the delay in rolling out the update.

Other features brought about by this update include Face Unlock, GPU Rendering, a slightly tweaked UI, improved performance and memory management, new Google Apps and a bunch of new S-Pen optimized apps from Samsung. Below is a video of the Premium suite of apps in action on the Galaxy Note -:

The update is being rolled out via OTA in certain region, and weighs in a whopping 300MB+ in size so make sure that you have a stable net connection before proceeding with the update. The update is also available via KIES for the Galaxy Note owners in Germany.

Samsung Shows Off Premium Suite Of Apps For The Galaxy Note

Back in March, Samsung announced that it would be delaying the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note. Instead of the originally stated Q1 schedule, the Korean company would release the update for the Note sometime in Q2 of 2012. As a cover-up for its delay, the company announced that it would be including a suite of premium apps with the ICS update.

Samsung has now released a video teasing Note users with all the new functionalities the company will be adding in the update. Below is the video -:

From the video, it looks like Samsung has taken a lot of effort in optimizing most of the in-built apps for the stylus, and making them more feature rich as well. The ability to directly export or import a PDF, and edit it with the stylus is definitely a useful feature. Along with the Premium suite of apps, Note owners will also get to enjoy all the latest features of Ice Cream Sandwich including inbuilt data monitoring, a new multi-tasking UI, an improved UI and more.

While  the premium suite of apps that Samsung is including with the ICS update for the Note definitely looks impressive, it would have been much better if the company had actually retained all the visual goodness introduced by Google in ICS, instead of just slapping TW4 over it.